Philippine Astronomy Convention

3rd Philippine Astronomy Convention (PAC 2011)
February 20-26, 2011
"A Taste of Space"

Opening Ceremony (Feb. 20, 2011):

  • Venue: National Museum Planetarium
  • Registration Fee: Php 500.00 only
  • 2 lectures / workshops at National Museum Planetarium on Feb.20
  • 3 lectures / workshops at SM  Nido Fortified Science Discovery on Feb.26
  • Tickets to the show “Journey to the Solar System” at Manila Planetarium on Feb.26
  • Tickets to the show “Passport to the Universe” at SM SDC Planetarium on Feb.26
  • Tickets to the show “Cosmic Collision” at SM SDC Planetarium on Feb.26
  • Hands-on Approach @ Baywalk on Feb.20
  • Hands-on Approach @ Astrocamp Observatory on Feb.26
  • On-site Registration starts at 12:00pm
  • Introductory speech by ALP President, James Kevin Ty (1:00pm)
  • National Museum Planetarium show “Journey to the Solar System” (1:20pm)
  • Lecture / Workshop by Jett Aguilar entitled “How to Choose the Right Telescope and Mount” (2:30pm)
  • Lecture / Workshop by James Kevin Ty entitled “How to Get Started in Astrophotography” (3:45pm)
  • Hands-on Approach @ Baywalk, fronting Aristocrat (6-9pm, weather permitting) [payees only]
  • FREE Public Stargazing Event at Baywalk, fronting Aristocrat (6-9pm, weather-permitting*)
    • Planet Jupiter
    • Orion Nebula (M42)
    • Pleiades Star Cluster (M45)
    • Waning Gibbous Moon
    • Planet Saturn


Closing Ceremony (Feb. 26, 2011):

  • Venue: SM Nido Fortified Science Discovery Center
  • SM Nido-Fortified Science Discovery Center show “Passport to the Universe” (1:00pm)
  • Lecture / Workshop by John Ray Cabrera entitled “Cosmic Journey” (1:40pm)
  • SM Nido-Fortified Science Discovery Center show “Cosmic Collision” (2:40pm)
  • Lecture Workshop by Christopher Louie Lu entitled “Stories from the Stars” at Events Room  (3:15pm)
  • Lecture Workshop by Armando Lee entitled “Search foe ET” at Events Room  (4:00pm)
  • Open Forum w/ Amateur Astronomers (4:45pm)
  • Distribution of certificates of completion for paid registrant by ALP President, James Kevin Ty (5:00pm)
  • Closing Remarks by ALP NAW Chairman Andrew Ian Chan  (5:00pm)
  • Explore SM Nido Fortified Science Discovery Center (5:00pm)
  • Hands-on Approach @ Astrocamp Observatory, SMBY (7-10pm, weather permitting) [payees only]
  • FREE Public Stargazing Event at Astrocamp Observatory, SMBY (7-10pm, weather-permitting*)
    • Orion Nebula (M42)
    • Pleiades Star Cluster (M45)
    • Planet Saturn

*Note:   The organizers of this event will not be held liable in case poor sky conditions cannot permit actual observation.

               Instead, participants will be treated to exhibits of different setups for doing observation and imaging techniques.

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Contact Information: Andrew Ian Chan (+639228279977 or +639173991398) <>

                                      Christopher Louie Lu (+639193057176) <>

Payment Options: personal payment or through bank deposit (account details withheld until registered)

                                *If through bank deposit, please keep the deposit slip as proof of payment.

About the Convention

     The Philippine Astronomy Convention (PAC) is the annual gathering of professional and nonprofessional astronomers in the Philippines. This event, hosted by the Astronomical League of the Philippines, is the major astronomy convention in the country. The convention was initiated by the Astronomical League of the Philippines as a means of establishing a forum for all astronomers and astronomy-related organizations, institutions and agencies in the country to exchange ideas, and discuss matters on astronomy and astrophysics. The convention is held every year during the National Astronomy Week, a weeklong celebration participated by numerous astronomical organizations, institutions, schools and universities in the country.

     Astronomical exhibits are presented during the annual gathering, showcasing astronomical photographs taken by Filipino astronomers. Poster contributions from local and international scientists are also being displayed to disseminate their activities and research outputs.

     In order to foster observational astronomy in the country, observing sessions are held to introduce the general public to the scenic beauty of the cosmos. Some of them will be having their first view of the planets, the lunar craters, and deep sky objects through midsized telescopes and binoculars. This activity is also in line with the International Year of Astronomy 2009 cornerstone project - 100 Hours of Astronomy - for which the Society is an active partner and promoter.

     Held during the Philippine Astronomy Convention, the plenary session or conference serves as a formal venue for astronomers in and outside the Philippines to disseminate their studies and researches in the different branches of astronomy, as well as other topics of astronomical interest. Plenary speakers and lecturers come from varied fields, such as observational astronomy, instrumentation, astronomy education, astrophysics & cosmology, and other areas.


Past Conventions


Group Photos

PAC 2009 (1st Philippine Astronomy Convention) held at the Rizal Technological University

PAC 2010 (2nd Philippine Astronomy Convention) held at the Manila Plantarium



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